Water Pot (Chambu) (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

18th century
copper alloy, solder, black inlay material
South India, India
Overall: 7 1/4 × 6 1/2 in. dia. (18.42 × 16.51 cm)
Known as a chambu, this type of footed water vase in the shape of a flattened sphere with a flaring neck is associated with the holy city of Varanasi and the Ganges River. Decorated with a frieze of flamboyant geese amid flowers and foliage, it may have once carried Ganges water for use in Hindu religious ceremonies. More likely, though, it held water from one of South India’s sacred rivers, closer to its place of production.
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
Dye, Joseph M. The Arts of India: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. London: Philipp Wilson, 2001. (cat. no. 180, pp. 407, 512, 519-20)
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